Genetics service to help patients and families

Genetics service to help patients and families


19 Jun 2022 at 23:43
Genetics service to help patients and families

People in Wales affected by mental health issues will be able to benefit from a brand new genetics service.

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Individuals with certain genetic alterations have a much greater risk of developing serious conditions such as schizophrenia, according to research.

The new NHS Wales service, the first of its kind in the UK, offers patients and families access to counselling and, where appropriate, genetic testing.

It is hoped this will lead to better care and treatments.

A greater understanding of how small changes in the DNA can influence a person's susceptibility to mental ill-health is another aim of the service.

About 30,000 people, one in100, in Wales are affected by severe mental illnesses.

A person's experiences and environment have the greatest influence but in a small number of cases alterations in someone's DNA can also play a part, specialists believe.

One person who has benefitted from a greater understanding of his condition is Marc Flagg, a lecturer from Cardiff.

Throughout his life he felt "different", saying: "It's kind of 'outside of' and you don't feel you're part of the social networks or structure of society."
Edited by geemong 19 Jun 2022 at 23:43